Weekly round-up: January 17

Rewards have been offered for information leading to conviction over the discovery of a manatee in Florida with ‘Trump’ scratched into the algae on its back. It is a federal criminal offence to harass the animals, which are listed as Vulnerable by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Threatened by the USContinue reading “Weekly round-up: January 17”

Weekly round-up: January 3

The 12th horizon scan has identified 15 emerging global biodiversity conservation issues, including deoxygenation and coral health, increased logging in response to fires and the use of seabirds to locate fishing boats operating illegally. Published annually, the horizon scan searches for early signs of hazards and opportunities across the natural world, focusing on those thatContinue reading “Weekly round-up: January 3”

20 good news stories from 2020

1. Tasmanian devils returned to mainland Australian for the first time in 3,000 years as part of a rewilding project between Global Wildlife Conservation, Aussie Ark and WildArk to help restore natural ecosystems – 26 of the marsupials were released into a 400-hectare wildlife sanctuary on Barrington Tops in New South Wales, with the hopeContinue reading “20 good news stories from 2020”

Weekly round-up: December 20

Scottish mountain hares could be at increased risk of predation due to longer periods of ‘camouflage mismatch’ – the period between their white winter coat coming in and snowfall – according to a new study. Like many species, mountain hares moult their dark summer coat for better protection in winter conditions, with shortening daylight hoursContinue reading “Weekly round-up: December 20”

Weekly round-up: December 13

European bison are no longer classified as Vulnerable following long-term conservation efforts according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) – but the organisation’s latest update also reclassifies 31 species as Extinct, including three species of South American tree frog and 17 freshwater fish species in the Philippines. It also revealed everyContinue reading “Weekly round-up: December 13”

Weekly round-up: December 6

Loggerhead sea turtle eggs incubated in warmer temperatures have a lower chance of hatching, while hatchlings are also less likely to survive their journey from nest to sea. Researchers investigating the effects of sand temperature on loggerhead nests in Cabo Verde, the only rookery of the species in the eastern Atlantic, found nests buried inContinue reading “Weekly round-up: December 6”

Weekly round-up: November 29

UK bird populations declined 11 per cent between 1970 and 2018 according to a new government report. Farmland bird numbers fell 57 per cent over the same period, with seabirds showing a 28 per cent decline. The study, which assessed 130 species, found numbers of some native birds had increased significantly over the period, includingContinue reading “Weekly round-up: November 29”

Weekly round-up: November 22

The world’s only known white giraffe has been fitted with a GPS tracking device in a bid to protect him from poachers. The giraffe’s striking colouring is caused by leucism, a rare genetic trait – a female and her calf with the same condition were killed by poachers in March. Conservationists hope that by monitoringContinue reading “Weekly round-up: November 22”

Weekly round-up: November 15

A new species of monkey has been identified in Myanmar – but with an estimated population of 199 to 259 individuals, is also at risk of extinction. Scientists discovered the Popa langur (Trachypithecus popa) during an expedition researching another species, Phayre’s langur, which is also endangered. The only previous example of a Popa langur hadContinue reading “Weekly round-up: November 15”